APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Best Practices Honors & Honorees

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Best Practices Honors & Honorees

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Launched in 2003, the American Psychological Association’s Best Practices Honors recognizes companies for particularly innovative programs and policies that stand out for their facilitation of a psychologically healthy workplace.

Nominees for this national honor are selected from the pool of previous state-level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners and submitted for consideration by the psychological association in the U.S. state or Canadian province in which the company is located. Following a competitive evaluation and judging process, the top ten best practices are selected for national recognition by the American Psychological Association (APA).

There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to creating a psychologically healthy workplace and as APA’s Best Practices Honorees illustrate, success is based in part on addressing unique challenges and tailoring programs and policies to meet the needs of a specific organization.

While APA’s Best Practices Honorees represent a diversity of industry, company size and geographic location, their efforts to foster a psychologically healthy workplace reflect the general ingredients of employee involvement efforts, health and safety initiatives, opportunities for employee growth and development, an environment that facilitates work-life balance, and effective employee recognition mechanisms.

The organizations honored also demonstrate that ordinary steps can be taken to create psychologically healthy workplaces and in nearly every case, they report that the return on investment, from things such as reduced turnover and increased productivity, far outweigh the costs.

The American Psychological Association applauds our honorees for their best practices and hope that they continue to inspire innovation and creativity within other organizations.

"This is not pie in the sky; this is about the bottom line. Building psychologically healthy workplaces isn't just the right thing to do, it's also the smart thing to do."

The Honorable Alexis M. Herman
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor